Police at scene of unlicensed music event near Beccles
- Credit: Colin Finch
Police officers from forces in Suffolk and Norfolk are currently at the scene of an unlicensed music event in the Aldeby area near Beccles, thought to have started shortly before midnight.
Officers attended the site and efforts were made to contain the area at Stanley Hills with police blocking off access points to prevent further people entering.
During the night it is thought around up to 500 people were in attendance, although that number has now reduced to around 250.
In the interests of officer safety and considering the large numbers in attendance the event was closely monitored during throughout the early hours of the morning, with officers carrying out intelligence and evidence gathering processes in relation to vehicles and individuals present.
Air support from a National Police Air Service helicopter was also used to monitor the incident and gather evidence.
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Although the incident is currently ongoing, officers are looking to close the event in a safe and controlled manner at an appropriate time.
Superintendent Roger Wiltshire from Norfolk Police said: “It continues to be disappointing that people who attend such events believe that it is acceptable to trespass, cause disruption and damage land.
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“Those attending this event showed a complete disregard for road safety, residents in the local community, as well a lack of concern for their own safety. During the course of the night, officers monitored the incident and did what was possible in the circumstances to maintain road safety and limit damage to the land.”
A force spokeswoman said enquiries by officers would continue into establishing who the organiser(s) are with a view to prosecuting, and that they would also deal with any offences committed.
She added: “Whenever possible Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary will seek to take positive action, seize equipment and prosecute offenders in line with the wishes of our communities that are affected by such illegal activities.”